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Island Lake Retreat

This midcentury lake cabin in Northern Wisconsin has served as a vacation home for a growing family since the 1980s, becoming the central location for decades of family gatherings. As their children have grown and the clients looked ahead, they asked us to renovate the cabin in a way that preserves its unique architectural character while enhancing the main purpose of their home – making memories with family and friends while connecting with the beauty of the lake setting. 

We completely remodeled the kitchen and dining area, adding professional grade appliances, beautifully functional cabinetry, and a generous island with seating for six topped with a gorgeous quartzite countertop in a suede finish. Next it was on to the primary and guest baths, both outfitted with walnut cabinets, handmade Heath brand tile, quartz countertops, and Kallista fixtures.

This cabin renovation was not without its share of challenges. A beautifully sloped wooden ceiling throughout the home left a lack of plenum space to house mechanical wiring, making lighting the dark home a difficult task. The solution for this involved layering light sources: track lights wired into ceiling beams, sconces and up-lights strategically placed on walls, and in-cabinet luminance for accenting glassware. Once those challenges were overcome, however, the stunning lake house was ready to be enjoyed for generations to come.

Honors: Featured in Fine Homebuilding Magazine

Interior Design: Amy Carman Design

Photography: Elisabeth Witt